“Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast ………….” [Psalms 57:1-11]
”The inscription of this psalm locates it at the time when David hid from Saul in the cave. The psalm divides into two main sections—the first being prayer: and the second praise. In the first part of the psalm, he is deep in the cave, and then he comes to the mouth of the cave and stands in the sunlight. He begins with a repeated cry for mercy. He does not hide in the cave alone, but under the shadow of God’s wings. David cries out, and does so in complete faith. God is the one who performs “all things.” He shows his confidence, knowing that God will send deliverance from heaven. God sends forth salvation, mercy, and truth.
The devil has sharp teeth, as also his servants. Whatever happens, David wants God to be exalted and glorified. Caught in a trap, David prays that God be glorified above heaven and earth. David mentions the trap prepared for him, and declares that he knows that his adversaries will fall in it themselves. Saul pursued David, but David managed—more than once—to catch Saul.
The prayer is offered, and David knows it is heard. He turns at this point in the psalm to praise the Lord. Where does his praise begin? He says “my heart is fixed”. That is where praise begins. What is necessary to praise God rightly? Three times David exhorts himself to wake up . David resolves not to limit his praise service to the back of the save, but rather to sing among all nations, a thing which he has successfully done. His mercy is great, and his truth ascends to the sky. Our praise of Him should do its level best to match that.
[————-is my heart “fixed” upon HIM?—————-]